Ocon, who is the mastermind behind the community hotspot newsgathering system, will work from KDFW Dallas, and have some group responsibilities when it comes to technology decisions. He will move his family from Colorado Springs to Dallas and start working for Fox in February.
He will report to Kathy Saunders, GM at KDFW, and Tim Redmond, VP engineering at the corporate level.
“Working at Gray has been a great experience and they have allowed me to do so much,” says Ocon, who joined Gray in 2008. “Even though I’m not going to somewhere with 50 stations, I see this as a step up, and feel that I can help make a big impact at a major Fox organization.”
The community hotspot program he invented aims to reinvent the use of the Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) band. The FCC has granted Gray a two-year experimental license to test out the system in Bryant, Texas, which hopes to provide the reliability of a microwave truck without the telescoping mast and the newsgathering freedom of bonded cellular technology without worrying about being knocked off the air due to cellular congestion. Tests in the Austin market will continue with Ocon’s new position.
Heading into the new year, Ocon has been developing a new studio at Gray’s KKTV Colorado Springs, Colo., which is relaying on the latest in broadcast technology, including robotic cameras on tracks and virtual reality. The station is planning a grand opening this spring.